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A NEWS RELEASE
From ELCIC Group Services Inc.

HILDY THIESSEN NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GSI

Winnipeg, March 8, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The Board of Directors of ELCIC Group Services, Inc. (GSI) has chosen Ms. Hildy Thiessen as the new Executive Director for GSI. GSI oversees the pension and benefits plans of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Ms. Thiessen is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in not-for-profit environments and working with boards. She has a Bachelor of Commerce - Honours degree from the University of Manitoba. Most recently she was the Director of Finance and Management for the Balmoral School for Girls, in Winnipeg. Prior to that, she was a manager for Cooper & Lybrand for many years.

Ms. Thiessen begins her service as Executive Director effective, April 1, 2002. Ms. Carole Cockrell, the current Executive Director, is retiring on April 30.

“The Board is thankful for Ms. Cockrell’s eight years of service as Executive Director and is looking forward to working with Ms. Thiessen,” said Rev. Bradford Senften, the chairperson of GSI.


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